Round 3, July 2017. العربية
20 local, regional, and international organizations most influential in the life of Syria (prime actors) named and ranked Israel according to its influence. In the chart below, the left column ranks prime actors, from most influential (Russia) to the least influential (Relief International).
More prime actors assess Israel as "Opportunistic" than any other category. A prime actor assessed as Opportunistic is seen as willing to build a sovereign, stable, inclusive, and developing Syria, but only when it serves their own interests.
Round 3 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):
"It has long had conflict with Syria over the Golan Heights. They are very concerned. They want to bloody the nose of Iran, but are more concerned with the Islamic State. They seem to be working both sides.” (239312)
"Golan, security concerns. Palestine/Israel conflict (a Syrian cause for fighting Israel). Neighbor, ally with influential actors who care more about Israel than Syria.” (235781)
"Everything bad that happens in Syria serves Israel.” (230713)
"The Assad regime has never been a direct threat. They have security concerns for who may follow him.” (238631)
Round 2 statements (Nov. 2016 - July 2017):
“They are interested in their national security. Sharing a border with Syria and Lebanon forces them to be part of the Syrian solution. It's one of the strongest countries in the region, economically and militarily.” (221641)
“It's a border country taking a neutral position. They are a major ally of Assad.” (220291)
“They made Assad and they are helping him to stay.” (221211)
“In theory they are in a state of war with Syria. It borders Syria.” (223911)